Director of Communications
June 28, 2005
Education Partners, good afternoon:
The Board of Education last night put the proposed 2005-06 budget on public display. Despite some financial challenges, the proposed budget begins to meet the community’s goals for District 303. Here is the Board of Education Meeting Synopsis with more information about this issue and other topics of interest: http://www.d303.org/Board/mostrecent.pdf
Speaking of the proposed budget, we’ve posted a complete Budget Information Page on the front page of the District 303 website, including an Executive Summary, “Budget Basics” overview, letter to the community from Dr. Erwin (see below), and the official press release. Click here: http://www.d303.org/about/budget0506main.htm
The Board last night also approved hiring a new K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for the newly-renamed and re-focused Department of Teaching and Learning (formerly Curriculum and Instruction). This is the second of six such positions to be filled as part of the department’s ongoing reorganization. That process includes changing the former curriculum positions to “content specialists” to improve and better coordinate teaching and learning system-wide.
More information is forthcoming about this major initiative to ensure the very best attention, resources and support for all of our students.
Have a great day,
|Dear District 303 Community:
For several months, your District 303 administration has been crafting a proposed 2005-2006 budget that will help meet the community’s goal of increased academic achievement and personal growth for ALL.
Budgets, especially those for large public institutions like ours, can often be complex and confusing. I hope that this letter will lessen some of that confusion by showing some of what you can expect to receive in 2005-2006 for your education tax dollar.
The Board of Education has reviewed the proposed 2005-2006 budget. It will now be on public display through August 8, 2005, when the Board will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting that night.
The entire document can be reviewed at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles, the District 303 Administrative Center, 201 S. Seventh Street, St. Charles, or on the District 303 website (www.d303.org).
Our biggest objective with the proposed budget is to ensure that every child makes AYP (adequate yearly progress) and that our district meets state and federal learning expectations by 2014. This will be a long and challenging process, and this budget reflects the first strategic steps toward that goal.
By the end of next school year, District 303 will:
On the capital side, we expect to:
These are only a few examples of the many efforts being made through this budget to support the Vision Statement and Goals that the District 303 community created last October to guide our work.
It is equally important to understand that numerous other initiatives, programs and plans had to be delayed for lack of sufficient funding.
Still the proposed 2005-2006 budget will allow us to make significant, meaningful progress toward our shared objective of making District 303 the “Lighthouse District” we believe it can be.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about the proposed 2005-2006 budget. I will be happy to review any details. It is important that our community understand their education tax dollars really do impact student achievement.
I am honored and pleased to lead District 303 during this exciting time in our history.